“La Vie En Rose” aka “La Môme”

Posted on December 2, 2007
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            This is a must-see movie about Edith Piaf. Anyone who has ever been touched by the music of “La Môme,” the little sparrow, Billie Holliday or any of the great soul and blues singers in history will appreciate the cost of their art as shown in this film.

            It surely isn’t pretty but it is powerful.  Marion Cotillard disappears into the role so that, when you see a picture of her, you wouldn’t recognize her. I don’t know where she went in her soul to find the torment in Piaf’s. I don’t think I want to know.

            It’s in French with subtitles when the characters speak French and in English when the characters speak English. I think you will forget that as you watch.

            So many explosive things happen in her brief 47 years that the movie has to race over the life and death of her son and takes no note of WW II.

            I’ve seen an excellent documentary on the life of Edith Piaf. That convinces me that this film encapsulates perfectly the woman she was.

            Seeing this film is like looking into the crucible where life and art are created.



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